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The Fray releases sophomore album to Christian market

TheFray.jpgAlt rockers The Fray are releasing their self-titled sophomore effort to the Christian market on February 3, 2009. The band, who sold 3.2 million copies of their mainstream debut album How To Save A Life, opted to release this second album in both markets.
That’s kind of unusual in an industry where a lot of Christian bands are trying to break free from the Christian music label so they can find success in the mainstream. But in a video for the song “You Found Me” that includes some behind the scenes footage, lead vocalist Isaac Slade says that his album is what they would have done the first time if they had the time, and where they want to go for the rest of their career.
The first single “You Found Me” was released to Christian radio early this year, and landed at #23 on R&R’s Christian CHR. The song was also used as the promo for the new season of ABC’s “Lost.”
You can preorder the deluxe version of The Fray’s new album and get a free download of a live album not available anywhere else.
For more about The Fray, visit their MySpace page.
What songs topped the Christian music charts for 2008? Check out this Gospel Soundcheck post, Radio and Record’s Most Played Christian Songs of 2008.

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posted June 9, 2009 at 11:28 am

I highly doubt God would smoke a cigarette. Lyrics from You Found Me. Really a Christian band? Or, just trying to maximize sale of their records?

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posted June 10, 2009 at 6:26 am

pcionwk – err … I think the lyrics are a metaphor, if you go back and read them closely. It’s like poetry – the artist paints a word picture to tell a story.
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posted July 15, 2009 at 12:22 pm

maybe they’re not known as a christian band but they are portraying God in their songs because they are christians. God would want them to tell of their true life stories to other people, who cares if they’re smoking a cigarette or not- God has a great sense of humor. what not a better way to spread His word by showing how to find Him in song lyrics that are spread throughout the entire country!

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posted August 11, 2009 at 11:39 am

I think I’ll go have a smoke with God right now, ask him what he thinks about this

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posted April 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm

It’s interesting to read the comments specifically about this song. If you read the lyrics, it does not at all portray God in a positive light. This is Isaac working out his own doubts and hardships continuing in his faith. It’s a tough listen to say the least

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posted January 30, 2011 at 1:29 am

The song is absolutely beautiful. The metaphors and innuendos used in the lyrics are excellent, and I wish Christians would stop nitpicking the lyrics and pegging it as blasphemy.. Get over it already.
So he said God was smoking…and?????
There are more tragic things in this life, really. Now lets just enjoy the damn song! And if you find it awful, then change teh station – period.
Moving along…

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